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Dahlias originate from Mexico and Guatemala where they naturally produce single flowers. Enthusiasts in Europe during the 18th century bred the many different forms that we see today. These produce blooms that range from 5cm to 30cm (2in to 12in) in diameter. The collerete-type dahlia looks the most like the species dahlias that still grow in Central America. Collerette flowers comprise two rows of petals: an outer row of large, rounded petals, while the inner row consists of smaller petals. Both rows are formed around a central disc. 'Clair de Lune' has exquisite lemon-yellow outer petals with paler inner segments. Blooms range from 8cm to 10cm (3in to 4in) across and are held on strong, wiry stems above mid-green foliage. It is an excellent cut-flower variety that produces an abundance of flowers from mid-summer to late autumn.
Cultivar: Clair de Lune
Plant type: Summer/autumn blooming bulb
Flower colour: Yellow
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Sun exposure: Full sun
Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Moist, Sandy
Skill level: Beginner
Time to divide plants: March to May
Time to take cuttings: March to May
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